|Broadcast area||Rio Grande Valley|
|Frequency||96.1 MHz (HD Radio)|
|Owner||Uforia Audio Network |
(Tichenor License Corporation)
First air date
Former call signs
|HAAT||301 m (988 ft)|
KBTQ (96.1 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a Latin ballad format. Licensed to Harlingen, Texas, United States, the station serves the McAllen area. The station is currently owned by Tichenor License Corporation.
KMBS "Stereo 96" signed on the air in June 1975. The English-language adult contemporary station was owned by Magic Valley Broadcasting, Inc. Two years later, in July 1977, Pedro "Pete" Díaz, Jr., bought out all of Magic Valley's stockholders. In early 1977, KMBS became a Spanish contemporary radio station; On July 20, the station received new KIWW call letters. Tichenor acquired KIWW in 1988.
KIWW carried a Tejano format until 2002, when it flipped to Rhythmic Top 40 as KBTQ. Two years later, KBTQ gained formidable competition when KBFM switched from Mainstream Top 40 to Rhythmic Top 40, sparking a Rhythmic war in the Valley. On October 17, 2005, KBTQ bowed out and switched to its current format.